Testimonials

Workshop testimonials sent to IEM by schools following events in their schools.

Susannah Miller
“Events like this really help to raise aspirations for our young people. The message is very clear – if you really want something and are prepared to work hard for it then anything is possible”.
Susannah Miller Peacehaven Community School, Brighton, Sussex
Jonathan Cushing
“The most important thing the students get out of the day, as well as fun, is the chance to work alongside real life musicians and talk to them about how they have got to where they are now, as well as having a real goal to aspire to”.
Jonathan Cushing Stowmarket High School, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Lucy Bloore
“Very, Very relevant – it was well pitched at the different abilities and experience, and fulfilled its aim of every pupil being actively involved in song writing. Sam was knowledgeable and encouraging, and extremely down to earth. His talks were excellent, and the pupils related well to him.”
Lucy Bloore St. Joseph’s College, Ipswich, Suffolk
Mike Flowers
“In short… EPIC! The integration of the real music industry into these workshops gave a fantastic insight into careers and opportunities that are readily available to our students when looking at life after education. This event was beneficial to everyone involved and even made me staff member of the week for not crashing the timetable!”
Mike Flowers Cherry Willingham High School, Lincoln
Paul Ellison
“The day went really well. Both Sam and the band made a huge impact on the students at BACA. It was a great way to end the year on a positive note for all students involved and created a great buzz, which I can build on when starting full time in September. My thanks to Underline The Sky who were fantastic role models for the students and made the day a great success.”
Paul Ellison Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton, Sussex
Martha Newcombe
“A brilliant day – really benefited our GCSE students and raised musical aspirations in the school. Massively popular with the students, who loved the afternoon concert. Really professionally organised and well planned workshop. Would book again without hesitation.”
Martha Newcombe East Bergholt School, Essex
Karen Paul
“Thank you so much.  The students really responded well to your enthusiasm and openness.  Your experiences in the industry made it all seem very real for them.  I look forward to working with you again very soon.”
Karen Paul Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Ian Tait
“It was an excellent and inspiring day – due in no small part to the musical quality of the band, their individual personalities and their high level of skill. Thanks again for a great day.”
Ian Tait Banovallum School Lincoln, Lincoln
Catherine Lane
“Everything ran smoothly and the music day was a great success. Thanks for organising it for me!”
Catherine Lane Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Brighton, Sussex
J Reeves
“Many of our students have gone home standing taller and prouder of what they have achieved. Our thanks go to Sam and the team and I wish them all good fortune in the future – they were great role models for our students and handled the workshops with very special skill.”
J Reeves Stayning Grammar School, Brighton
Georgina Lane
“The resources were really engaging and Bronwyn from Underline The Sky was a great selling point. She was dynamic, humorous and the students responded well to her, (particularly the girls). The concept of the days workshop is excellent – the students loved learning a ‘real’ and contemporary song and understanding about how it was created, and I know that many of them have been looking it up on YouTube since. A huge thank you to Sam and the team – the students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and are already asking if they can have another one!”
Georgina Lane Lincoln Castle Academy School, Lincoln
John Reeves
“I would just like to personally thank IEM for a truly wonderful day. The students loved it! They are totally buzzing from the experience and I would happily welcome you back to the school at any point. I’d love for us to set up a day where the class go to one of your affiliated music colleges in Brighton and must say a special thanks to Underline the Sky. I look forward to us planning more events in the autumn term and beyond.”
John Reeves Patcham High School, Brighton
Alison Swain
“The students have had such a boost from being a part of this workshop activity. The artist’s contribution to our songwriting day was inspirational and the experience of performing at a larger public arena, with full professional support, has given the students such confidence in their performing ability – they were buzzing! Many thanks and more please!”
Alison Swain Newmarket College School, Newmarket, Suffolk
Sarah Chapman
“We were impressed with the professionalism and obvious passion and commitment from Sam at IEM to work with students; engaging them with the music industry and inspiring them to think about career pathways from a new perspective.”
Sarah Chapman Ipswich Academy High School, Ipswich
Tammy Denny
“A great workshop was delivered by Sam Robson and with Polar Collective who were a true inspiration to my students. A valuable workshop for any GCSE music classes prior to starting controlled compositional coursework.”
Tammy Denny Suffolk New Academy, Suffolk
Alan Swift
IEM do everything our music department can’t – they showcase current industry talent and enable students to get hands on experience of the music industry. I can’t quite believe the impact it has had on this school. There is a real buzz about the place which hasn’t been here before.”
Alan Swift Manningtree High School, Suffolk
Gemma Martino
“I really like the fact that that the music workshops can be personalised and differentiated to ensure access regardless of the ability of the student. That is a very important factor for me.”
Gemma Martino Farlingaye High School, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Student
“I have a much wider knowledge about the music industry now and an insight into jobs I had never thought of before. Working with Sam on song writing also helped me to accept positive criticism and really boosted my confidence in song writing.”
Student Thurston Community School, Suffolk
Dave Butler
“The students had an amazing experience today and it will live long in the memory. To have a member of The Hype Theory as a personal song writing mentor throughout the practical sessions and to be able to perform on the same stage as them was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our GCSE students.”
Dave Butler Passmores Academy, Harlow, Essex
Sue Waxman
“I would recommend IEM workshops to all schools. The whole day enabled my students to work with other experienced musicians to apply their new knowledge and understanding of composing a pop song. The students loved it and have been inspired. The band was fantastic and it was lovely to have a young and modern band in school that had a cool brass player in it. The day was extremely good value for money.”
Sue Waxman The Billericay School, Essex
Alastair Nichol
“This was a well-organized and professionally presented day.  IEM listened to our needs and provided a good program that fitted in well with our requirements.  The attending artist was excellent and very much appreciated by the pupils.”
Alastair Nichol St Benedict's Catholic School, Suffolk
Becca Widdowson
“Thank you to Sam and Polar Collective for a FAB music workshop on Wednesday.  I have just had the students again and they were full of it!  Writing their evaluations with Polar Collective youtube videos on in the background!”
Becca Widdowson Thurston Community School, Suffolk
Alison Swain
“The band’s work with the students enabled them to stage 3 songs, complete with instrumental backing, in under 3 hours from scratch.  The students have sustained their enthusiasm for their composing way beyond the event, which is a tribute to the quality of the day.  Thank you.”
Alison Swain Newmarket College, Suffolk
Chloe Rutter
“This was very relevant to their composition course and it was very valuable experience to have the process of songwriting broken down by the attending artist. The students loved the staff and we got a lot out of it! Thank you”
Chloe Rutter Northgate High School, Suffolk
Kayleigh Conway-Jarrett
“An enjoyable day in which students with all different musical experiences were able to take part.”
Kayleigh Conway-Jarrett Ormiston Academy School, Sudbury, Suffolk